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Written by Hank Tolman   
Wednesday, 03 October 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
AMD A8-5600K APU Trinity Desktop Processor
AMD FM2 Chipsets - A85X, A75, A55
Processor Testing Methodology
AIDA64 Extreme Edition v1.1 Benchmark Tests
Passmark PerformanceTest
PCMark Vantage Benchmark Tests
Cinebench R11.5 Benchmarks
DX10 Gaming Benchmarks
DX11 Gaming Benchmarks
Video Transcoding Tests
A8-5600K Power and Temperature
AMD A8-5600K APU Final Thoughts
AMD A-Series A8-5600K Conclusion

Temperature

The A8-5600K runs very cool. This seems to be a trend with 32nm processors and is one that I look forward to the industry enhancing in the future. When testing the temperature of the A8-5600K, the ambient temperature stayed at a constant 22 degrees Celsius. The A8-5600K actually ran a few degrees hotter than the A10-5800K for some reason. The numbers are close enough, however, that I would place it in the margin of error.

Fresh Startup (15 min idle)

25 degrees

After 2hr Netflix Stream

36 degrees

Prime95 & Furmark Stress Test (2hr)

52 degrees

After 24 hours of normal use

40 degrees

Power Consumption

Power Consumption on the A8-5600K was very impressive. The power consumption actually fell quite a bit from the first generation A8-3850 levels. AMD has obviously focused on making power consumption an issue. The following is a measure of the power consumption of the complete system at certain points during operation. Measurements were taking with a P3 Kill-A-Watt meter. While these wattages are somewhat low, it is important to note that they are definitely higher than the Sandy Bridge H67 platform with an i5-2500K CPU. The A8-5600K also ran a little bit higher in terms of power consumption than the A10-5800K. Again, though, it was very close, so I'm not quite sure that the APU itself is the cause.

Idle

36 Watts

During 2hr Netflix Stream

82 Watts

Gaming

110 Watts

Prime95 & Furmark Stress Test (2hr)

154 Watts




 

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# RE: AMD A8-5600K APU Trinity Desktop ProcessorLinus 2012-10-04 05:34
Happy to see some processor and videocard combinations in the benchmarks. Most other sites just used processors with the integrated graphics. This review actually shows the difference between the new Trinity processors and an Intel chip with a discrete video card. Great review!

(I think you might have a typo in the page index; the second DirectX link should be DX11?)
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# Raid 5?David Simpson 2012-10-08 09:48
Has anyone seen any reviews using the raid 5 of the A85X chip? I'd really like to know how well it works
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# RE: Raid 5?pantau 2012-11-22 11:23
BUMP! bumpity BUMP! BUMP BUMP
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# RE: RE: Raid 5?David Simpson 2012-11-24 16:55
Well, I went ahead and built a 3 drive RAID with the new 2TB WD RED drives. Seems OK to me, but I'm not sure how to make a good test of the array.

It was a pain to get my SSD boot drive to work though, still not sure it's set correctly.
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# RE: AMD A8-5600K APU Trinity Desktop Processorstupidfuckingrequirement 2013-03-13 09:08
Would be very nice if there were some A85X mini ITX motherboards that had integrated WIFI and Bluetooth since there are no expansion slots and I am not interested in sacrificing two USB ports to get these basic wireless connectivity radios.
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# runs kool ???????????george 2013-06-21 09:32
dont know where u get your info from but this chip runs hot idle 40-45
playing games round 80 so where do u get the 53 when running apps or games
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# RE: runs kool ???????????David Simpson 2013-06-21 10:50
Max temp would depend on the cooling system. My Core i7-3930K has never gone over 45C (12x prime95), as I know how to cool a CPU. On the other hand, with no cooler, a 2GHz "cool" chip will overheat. I don't think any of my A10-xxxx's have ever gone over 50C, even at 100% CPU/GPU.
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# RE: AMD A8-5600K APU Trinity Desktop Processorgeorge 2013-06-21 11:09
we r talking about the a8 5600k right ??? i have i7 2600k and it never reaches 54 during game play via bf3 and at idle im 24 but this amd a8 5600k hits 80-85 during gameplay idle is round 40-44 so looking at ther numbers its safe to say idle temp doubles during intence gameplay
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# RE: RE: AMD A8-5600K APU Trinity Desktop ProcessorDavid Simpson 2013-06-21 11:33
I currently only have A10-5800K, but since it's just a faster and there for hotter version, but I'm not seeing those temps. What cooler are you using. I haven't used a factory cooler in 20 years.
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